How do you choose to welcome Spring? Early spring is a time of gradual shifting and transformation. On the spring Equinox there is an equal amount of light and darkness. Moving forward from that point, each day has a bit more sunlight. This time of year is a time of rebirth. Time to dust off the stagnation of Winter and welcome to sun and warmth of Spring.
If like many you are stuck in the slump from our long Winter, I've made a list of some of the things I do to help welcome Spring.
Cleanse your home - This process clears out the stale energy of winter and opens your home to the new possibilities of spring. There is no single right way and you should follow what feels meaningful for you. What is your intuition telling you? It can feel great to open all the windows in your home and let the fresh air roam your house. Some choose to cleanse energetically with salt, smudging and meditation. Play music, dance, sing, move and let your intuition guide you.
Use your senses to take a walk through nature. Leave your phone! Whether or not you’ve been outside very much in winter, getting out into the fresh air of spring is a must for recharging and renewing ourselves. We have spent the winter season in darkness, exploring our shadows, germinating, reflecting. While you walk, tap into each of the elements:
Air: Can you smell the unique aroma of spring? Is there a breeze caressing your face?
Earth: Bend down and touch the soil. Is it muddy? Can you see any animal prints? How about tiny seedlings emerging?
Water: Is there a stream or pond? What creatures do you see and hear near the water? Look up at the sky: are there clouds, filled with moisture to give to the earth?
Fire: If you wish, collect one small item from your walk to bring home. It could be a pebble, a feather, a pinecone, a blade of grass, or anything else that calls to you. Once you are home, place this item on your altar as a symbol of the season, and light a candle to welcome spring into your home!
3. Start some seeds or welcome a new plant home. Planting seeds and tending them as they sprout and grow is a way to experience the incremental transformation of this season. Tap into your own desires of growth and transformation but nurturing the growth of another.
4. Decorate Eggs! The practice of coloring eggs to welcome spring dates back more than 4,000 years to ancient Egypt, when the Pharaohs hung dyed eggs in the temples to celebrate the renewal of life. Gather your tools and get creative!
5. Drink fennel tea, play bean bag toss with the kids, or any seed or bean related activity. It's all about the seeds baby!!!